Vince Megna, the guy who calls himself the "King of Lemon Laws," because he has filed a lot of lawsuits regardings cars under state Lemon Laws, obviously, just filed a lawsuit against Tesla because of what he says is a defective Model S. And the best part is the absolutely bizarre video accompanying the suit.
Megna's representing a man named Robert Montgomery of Franklin, Wisconsin, who says the Tesla Model S he bought spent more than 30 days in the shop for a myriad of issues, including failure to start, failure to charge, inoperable door handles, malfunctioning defrosters and paint defects.
Montgomery hired Megna to file the suit after he tried to return the car in November under the Wisconsin lemon law, but the company didn't respond. Under Wisconsin law, a car is a lemon if "it has one or many defects that prevent you from using it for 30 days or more (the 30 days need not be consecutive)," or if the company can't fix the issue in four tries.
It's the first Lemon Law suit that we know of against the company. But! This story gets legally weird if you consider Tesla's five-page sales agreement, which you need to sign before you buy the car, which says that any disputes with the company will be arbitrated under California law. And that's kind of ridiculous, as pointed out by the Wisconsin law, which says that "that any waiver of rights a buyer would have under the law is void," according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
But if you don't give two craps about "legally weird," and you just want to see really, really weird, check out the video Megna made about the suit. It features thick Wisconsin accents, something about a "four-slicer," and a life-size George Clooney cutout. Plus Megna looks like the most personal-injury-ish lawyer of personal injury lawyers in the entire state:
We've reached out to Tesla to comment on the suit, and will update you if we hear back.
UPDATE: Tesla said they don't comment on pending litigation.